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Marketing in Korea

New Review for My Book

Check out this terrific review from fellow Signal 8 writer Giacomo Lee for The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia:

‘I’d failed both my wife and myself, and vowed to never let that happen again.’

Bloody Monday

I blame it on Valium. I had popped one the night before to put me down, to guarantee a full night’s rest before a busy work week, and it performed with aplomb. I was lowered into the depths of a gelatinous envelope of sleep. This was a soothing black slumber, embracing me softly while massaging the hardened flesh of my inner brain. The Valium plied its magic with chemical tendrils that, while delivering on the sleep front, stubbornly fought release come morning time. That’s right, that magic little pill will knock you the hell out, but with that comes a price: your bones become leaden, your eyes balls of cotton, and your head a cloud of steam. A proper Valium hangover can drag on for hours and hours. It’s a tough thing to shake.

The World Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia



The Long Way to Kratie

by Chris Tharp

(The following is an excerpt from my recently-published book, The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, available now via Amazon and other fine booksellers. Enjoy.)

ZenKimchi Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide 2015

Hello makgeolli lovers ~ For those of you who live in Seoul we have a special treat for you… Joe McPherson is the founding editor of ZenKimchi, Korea’s longest running […]

Midam (미담)

Name: Midam (미담) Location: Sadang Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on February 28th 2015-03-03 Thoughts: Midam is an established Makgeolli brewery, who produces a decent premium makgeolli that we have […]

When a woman needs help


We don’t need to stand outside with pitchforks and posters to get our message across just yet.
If you haven’t seen this picture already ubiquitous in the Korean media, here it is: a mother trying to protect her child from domestic abuse fled to the US and now the father is charging her with ‘child abduction’ and the mother might be separated from her daughter… Sounds f*cked up right ? It is.

So here’s what we can do right now to help:

Tweet @wwwicegov and say #StandWithNanHui tell #SarahSaldaña to drop the charges and exercise discretion.

Thank you!

How to Be an Excellent, Award-Winning ESL Teacher

During my time here in Korea, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great teachers. One of those teachers is my friend, Candice, from South Africa. It’s possible you’ve watched her in other videos of mine including one of her award-winning classes she presented to the Busan Office of Education.

Back in 2012 Candice was recognized by the Office of Education as the standout GET (Guest English Teacher) in all of Busan.

Korean Girls Taste American Snacks Phrases

Lately the video “Korean Girls Taste American Snacks” has been going viral around the internet. It’s quite entertaining!

If you haven’t seen it yet, “Korean Girls Taste American Snacks” is a video done in a research setting where Korean girls try various snacks from the U.S. and make comments about them.

The girls and the interviewer are all speaking Korean, and the subtitles are in English.

This is a great opportunity to improve listening skills for studying Korean! Instead of following only standard textbook conversations, it’s better to mix in real life speech samples so you can understand how Koreans speak.

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